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Egypt’s Justice Minister Sacked Over Prophet Mohammed Comment

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Egypt’s Justice Minister has been “relieved” of his post, amid widespread criticism of televised comments he made that many considered blasphemous.

Ahmed al-Zind was stood down on Sunday, according to Egyptian state media.

No official reason was given for the sacking but the move comes days after al-Zind, in response to a television host’s question regarding whether he would imprison journalists, answered: “Even if it was Prophet [Mohammed].”

The comment caused widespread criticism on social media and spawned a Twitter hashtag calling for him to be tried.

Al-Zind quickly issued an apology, describing the comment as a “slip of the tongue.”

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